The McDougal Common Room is an atmospheric and comfortable lounge for graduate students with its own café, wireless and wired internet access, periodicals, book collections, piano, board games and an e-mail kiosk. Common Room. The Common Room may not be reserved for any function or event organized by a graduate student group or university department or for private social functions. It is a space for informal use by all members of the graduate student community whenever the Center is open. Informal groups of eight or fewer users, such as study groups, TF office hours, game tables or language tables, may gather in the Common Room providing that there is space available and their activities do not disrupt the other users of the Center. Occasionally, the Common Room is used for events sponsored by the Dean of the Graduate School or for McDougal Center programs open to all graduate students.
The McDougal Center is home to a number of resources for graduate students, most of which are located on a lower level accessible by stairs and elevator. There is a public pay phone on the first floor, as well as vending machines on the lower level that accept cash and Yale ID. Brochures containing maps, transit schedules and general information about Yale and New Haven are provided in racks along the entry and corridor of the Center.
An ITS computer lab is located on the lower level of the Center in rooms B47-51, containing both PC and Mac stations, as well as a Mac multimedia and publishing station with scanner. A printing station with a laser copier and printer is available for those who have set up an account through the ITS Web Print network. This cluster is open during normal center operating hours only and is essentially self-service. Students who encounter problems with the equipment or have questions about the facilities should contact student computing.
In addition to its family-centered programs, the McDougal Center maintains a resource room and children’s play area for use by parents and caregivers in the graduate and professional student and postdoctoral fellow community. Located on the lower level of the Center in rooms B44, the resource room provides a central location for announcements and information regarding childcare, health and safety issues and babysitting, as well as parenting periodicals and space for nursing.
The play area contains books, stuffed animals, activities, building blocks and toys for infants, toddlers and young children, who must be supervised by adults at all times. Recurring informal playgroups meet in this room, with existing groups listed on the Family Life calendar. Parents interested in scheduling a time for a new group should contact the McDougal office by email or at (203) 432-BLUE. Other family-friendly facilities in the Center include changing tables in all first-floor restrooms in HGS, high-chairs and booster seats in the dining hall and café, and stroller access to all areas.
In conjunction with UHS Health Education, the McDougal Wellness Fellows provide free health information and safer sex supplies are available in the lower level of the Center.
At the request of the Graduate Student Assembly, the McDougal Center established a music practice room for students enrolled in the Graduate School. This small, quiet room contains a regularly tuned upright piano, as well as stands and chairs suitable for chamber groups. As the room is located near administrative offices, it is available for use only after business hours from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on weekdays and from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on weekends, with limited access during recess and summers. Students who wish to use the room can check out the key from the staff in HGS 124 by surrendering their student ID. The room is available on a first come, first served basis. Users are asked to limit their practice time to no more than one hour. Exceptions may be made for small groups wishing to reserve the space. Please contact Jennifer Mendelsohn to see if a reservation may be possible.
There is also a baby grand piano in the McDougal Center Common Room. Playing is allowed from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 3 to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 12 to 5:30 p.m. on weekends and must be kept at a low volume so as not to disturb others present in the Common Room. The piano in the Common Room cannot be reserved.